This is my capstone paper for my Psychology of Cults course in which I have been assigned to present and analyze the cult/organization NXIVM (it most recently got taken down). I would like to also mention and focus on DOS, which was the secret women’s society within NXIVM that Keith Raniere created that stands for “Lord/Master of the Obedient Female Companions”, or “The Vow”. I have attached my professor’s instructions as well as resources I would like to be included. I would like to include information from the HBO Max series of The Vow as well which I have attached notes of quotes from the documentary series.
1) The Vow (HBO Max television series) (I have notes of direct quotations and timelines)
2) Cults Faith, Healing, and Coercion by Marc Galanter Oxford University Press 1999 (ch. 1 The Charismatic Group p. 1-12, ch. 2 Group Cohesiveness p. 15, ch. 3 Shared Beliefs p. 35-36, ch. 4 Altered Consciousness p. 60, ch. 5 The Relief Effect p. 81-87 and ch. 6 The Cult as a Social System p 92-111)
3) Combatting Mind Control by Steve Hassan (Ch. 4 of Understanding Mind Control)
(If you would like to add anymore credible sources, you may)
(I also have a powerpoint of class notes I can send explaining cult characteristics and social psychological principles operating within a group)
*Be sure to cite your sources throughout the paper, using APA format, and be sure that your references are complete and correct.
*In terms of content, your paper should provide the class with:
-A historical overview of the group-the background of the group.
-The background of the leader or leaders.
-The belief system espoused by the leader or leaders.
-The organization and practices of the group.
-Your analysis of the common cult characteristics at work, with specific explanations.
-Your analysis of the common cult characteristics that are not present.
-Your analysis of the social psychological principles operating within the group, either intentionally or as a consequence of the practices or philosophy.
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